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The Real Deal by Lucy Monroe
Friday, April 28, 2006

Like a classic Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn/Doris Day-Rock Hudson movie-but with plenty of steamy heat-Lucy Monroe's debut novel introduces a pair of delightfully sparring opposites whose undeniable attraction is about to take them beyond the edge of reason...and right into the throes of delicious passion...
The most important thing in Amanda's life is negotiating a successful merger between her company and Brant Computers, a family-held competitor. It should be a done deal: Company president Eric Brant is on board with the idea. But when Amanda arrives in Eric's office, it is his cousin Simon Brant who greets her-and Simon is anything but agreeable. He's not about to give up control of the family company or lay off loyal workers. Squaring off against the sexy, brilliant, sexy, obstinate, sexy, eccentric, not to mention sexy Simon is completely frustrating-and a total turn-on. And when he walks out on her presentation, sidetracked by another one of his brilliant ideas, Amanda is shocked...and intrigued...no, furious!...and...and...and so attracted she can barely enter data into her Palm Pilot...
Simon has never met a woman as passionate and driven as Amanda, or as devastatingly attractive. He can't decide if he wants to put her on the next plane home-in the cargo hold-or kidnap her and spend a long weekend showing her exactly the kind of negotiating he likes best. Come to think of it, if the lady wants war, maybe they should engage in full-on battle...in the bedroom...and see who will be the victor. But when intimacy leads to an explosive passion, it might be time to think of a different, more permanent kind of merger...one that's less about business and all about pleasure...

This is my first LM book. I was really excited to read this from reading the book description, mostly because I love stories about computer geeks. Honestly, I didn't think this was that great. It had plenty of good steamy scenes, but the problem I had was the story. Basically, it's simple. Amanda's job is to convince Simon to agree to a merger with her company. She tries to meet with him several times, but only manages to capture a few minutes of his attention at a time. So she ends up staying at his huge, lovely home; which just so happens to be secluded in an island.

I just thought the scenario was so unrealistic. I think in the "real" world, Amanda would've been fired after failing to speak with Simon after the first 3 attempts. The fact that she resorted to sleeping over at his place just seemed a bit ridiculous to me.

Simon also wasn't as sexy as I thought he would be. This has nothing to do with his physical characteristics. I was expecting more smart, sexy, flirty conversation from him. Instead, he barely spoke to Amanda, he just kept working away in his lab. And when he did talk to her, he just seemed so... unfamiliar with women.

I guess I'm gonna try another Lucy Monroe book, but this one just didn't really do it for me. I give it a 2 out of 5.
posted by Daphne @ 6:42 PM  
  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Dylan said…

    Never read this or anything by LM although I will remedy that soon.

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